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The Secondary Rut
 If you don’t tag out during the primary rut, you have a second chance. The secondary rut occurs about 28 days after the primary rut is over. Any adult doe not successfully bred during the primary rut will come into heat again on the 28th day of...

Hunting The Pre-Rut
Keep your eyes open for the first signs of the rut, because the pre-rut is one of the best times to bag a buck. The first rubs signal that bucks are getting interested but are not yet quite all the way "there." At that period, buck grunts work well,...

Sorting Out the Sign
So what’s hot — rubs, scrapes, trails, bedding areas or feeding areas? Actually, they all are. An area containing all these things indicates a high amount of deer activity. However, don’t bet the farm on any one of them. Split the difference. Hunti...

Population-Control Hunts
With the whitetail deer population exploding nationwide and with the whitetail’s particular ability to live close to human habitation, the public perception of "Bambi" is changing. Ask any non-hunting suburbanite who has had a few thousand dollars of...

Venison Care
Clean, cool and quick are the watchwords of good venison care. A clean shot, clean field-dressing and quick cooling of the carcass are the key steps to good-tasting venison. Immediate field dressing is best, as this starts the all-important cooling p...

Cutting To The Core
Sometimes even the best plans don’t work out. Usually this is when the season is winding down time is running out. Under those circumstances, you might have to break the rules and hunt a buck’s core area. It’s a risky maneuver, and just one tiny mist...

Risky Business Rut
Don’t think a mature buck is dumb, even during the heat of the rut. He might move more than usual; he may move more in daylight than usual; and he will certainly venture into unfamiliar territory while chasing does. This goes against his native cauti...

Rubs for Results
While there’s much debate on the subject, rubs can be a reliable form of buck sign. Bucks use (some) rubs to define their territory. Glands in the buck’s forehead produce an oily substance that contains a scent peculiar to that buck — a signature sce...
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